Youth detained over Rangoon bomb blasts

Mar 6, 2009 (DVB), Rangoon division police have detained a youth for questioning in connection with the 3 March bomb blasts in Rangoon.

The youth, who has been named as Than Myint Aung, was arrested at his mother-in-law’s home in Thinganggyun township around midday on 5 March.

"They also searched my house for explosives," his mother-in-law said.

"There are no explosives, no documents and the like that could incriminate him. I am concerned what they will do to him."

The bombs exploded near Hledan junction in Kamayut township and Padoma park in Sanchaung township. There was no loss of life.

About 20 people in civilian and police clothing came to the house, according to his mother-in-law.

"Than Myint Aung was kept in the car, and his face was black from the beatings and his mouth was swollen," she said. "He hasn’t eaten a thing since this morning."

She insisted that he had been outside Rangoon in Thanlyin with his mother when the explosions occurred.

"He even didn’t know that the bombs exploded," she said. "He was not at home since his mother arrived, taking his mother for pilgrimage.

"He was arrested without knowing anything. His mother is not well, and we all pray that he will be released with light sentence, with the help of loving kindness."

Rangoon division police said no report of the arrest has been received.

"We are still investigating," a police officer on duty said.

State run newspapers yesterday covered the explosions and urged the public to identify the "destructive terrorists" who will enter Burma in various forms.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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